.....to be human, to be ourselves is, in this day and age an act of revolutionary implication"".... this is what Abe Rogoff Finds when he is triggered into stepping out of line after the suicide of a friend who is an officer of the insurance company in which both work. This slogan- filled episode of the ""underground men"" (equated at conformity levels), whose choice is to compromise, who live ""for security which isn't any living at all"" decries the ""reign of the clerk"". Played against the run-through of the totems of the insurance company, in which the good of the most puts the most money in upper echelon pockets, is the Rogoffs' life in a liberal Long Island development. There Abe's private myth is shadowed by his job and his belief-dictated actions in the community encircle his associations with Tower Mutual, to the end, in facing the challenges of split level living, that he and his family must migrate to the west and a broader type of life. Conflict within in echoed in conflict on the outside through various areas and becomes a novel on a theme and symbols rather than a story in really intimate and dramatic terms.